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Open Play at St. John’s School

Open play for children through age 4 is now being offered at the St. John School Parish Center from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The program runs from September to June. For more info, contact Sheri O’Neill at sherijacques@hotmail.com.

Cornerstone at Canton Musical Programs

Cornerstone at Canton, located at 175 Revere Street, invites the community to a series of musical events throughout the month of October. The lineup includes multi-instrumentalist Tom Madden (October 21), soprano Justyna Giermola (October 28), and concert violinist Vera Rubin (October 31). The first two performances start at 2 p.m. and the third starts at 10 a.m. For the latest news and info, visit facebook.com/cornerstonecanton.

MABA presents Perched on a Page

The Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon, located at 963 Washington Street in Canton, presents its newest exhibit: Perched on a Page: The Bird Sketches of Debby Kaspari. An acclaimed artist and illustrator, Kaspari has chased antbirds in Panama, lapwings in Denmark, fairy wrens in Australia, and toucanets in Peru. This is the first time that her sketches will be exhibited as a collection that represents nearly 30 years in the field drawing birds. Admission to the gallery and trails is $4 for adults, $3 for children and seniors, and free to Mass Audubon members. For more info, call 781-821-8853 or visit massaudubon.org/maba.

Canton Library Art Exhibit

The work of Sharon artist Pat Lloyd will be on exhibit in the gallery at the Canton Public Library throughout the month of October. A retired probation officer and former dance instructor, Lloyd has a BFA from Mass College of Art and has exhibited her work through various local art associations, receiving several awards. The public is invited to view her works at the gallery during regular library hours.

Peek-a-Blue Hikes

The Friends of the Blue Hills will offer free, one-hour guided hikes every other Tuesday morning throughout the year. These “Peek-a-Blue” hikes will start at 11 a.m. at the Houghton’s Pond main parking lot at 840 Hillside Street in Milton. Free snacks and drinks will be provided. The kick-off hike will feature storytelling, songs, and a special scavenger hunt with prizes for all children at the end. For more info and the dates of the 2017 Peek-a-Blue Hikes, visit friendsofthebluehills.org/peekablue.

MOMS Club

The Canton Chapter of Moms Offering Moms Support welcomes new members. For membership information please email the club at momsclub_canton@hotmail.com.

October 14

Friends’ Fall Book Sale

The Friends of the Canton Public Library will hold their annual fall book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Canton Public Library. The sale will feature used, recent books for children and books for adults, as well as homemade baked goods. A special preview sale for Friends members only will be held the night before from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Memberships may be purchased that evening. All proceeds will directly benefit the library. To learn more about the Friends of the Library, contact Mike at mikesundin1@aol.com or go to library.canton.ma.us/187/friends-of-the-library.

October 16

Canton Garden Club Meeting

The Canton Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Canton Senior Center, 500 Pleasant Street. Hostesses for the coffee are Ruth Kidd and Peggy Meissner. Members Maureen Galvin and Carol Munson will lead a “House Tour Workshop” — a hands-on project event to prepare items for the December Holiday House Tour and Boutique.

October 17

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: A Community Approach

The Canton Alliance Against Substance Abuse (CAASA) is sponsoring a public forum on the opioid epidemic at 7 p.m. at the Canton Public Library. Opioids are incredibly powerful drugs that have many benefits in managing pain, but if misused can be dangerous, if not have fatal consequences. This is a must for everyone to attend. Panelists will include professionals from substance abuse services, the Norfolk County District Attorney’s office, and a physician. This epidemic requires community action. Your presence is vital for its success.

October 19

CHSAA presents Loretta LaRoche

The Canton High School Alumni Association proudly presents Loretta LaRoche: “Life is Short, Wear Your Party Pants” at 7 p.m. in the CHS auditorium. An acclaimed speaker and best-selling author, LaRoche is an international expert in the field of stress management. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $40 for Gold Circle. Proceeds benefit the CHSAA. To order tickets, call 1-800-316-8559 or go to www.lorettalaroche.com.

October 21

Beatles Tribute Concert

Twist and shout to live Beatles songs, from their early hits through the touring years, with STUDIO TWO — a popular New England-based Beatles tribute band. The concert starts at 8 p.m. at Temple Beth Abraham/Temple Beth Am, 1301 Washington Street. There will be a light supper prior to the performance at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance at www.TempleBethAbraham.org or $25 at the door. Sanctuary and table seating available. For table reservations, contact sherry@alpert-publicrelations.com. For supper reservations, contact office@templebethabraham.org by October 17.

October 22

Brockton Symphony Concert

The Brockton Symphony Orchestra, featuring several Canton performers, will begin its 70th anniversary gala celebration at 3 p.m. at the Christ Congregational Church, 1350 Pleasant Street in Brockton. The program consists of Wagner’s rousing overture to the Flying Dutchman and Tchaikowski’s dramatic Symphony #5. Concertmaster Kristina Nilsson will also perform a solo of Bruch’s brilliant Adagio Appassionato. The contributions of Jim Messina’s 53 years with the BrSO — as violinist, executive director, and board member — will be acknowledged. To order tickets or for more info, go to brocktonsymphony.org or call 508-588-3841.

Dr. Roger Kligler presents ‘The Death I Want’

Temple Beth David of the South Shore, located at 1060 Randolph Street, invites the public to a free presentation by Dr. Roger Kligler titled “The Death I Want” starting at 10 a.m. A retired physician, Dr. Kligler has incurable Stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer and has filed suit against the commonwealth of Massachusetts asserting that both the state constitution and existing state law give terminally ill adults the legal option to get a doctor’s prescription for medication enabling them to die peacefully in their sleep if their suffering becomes unbearable. He is joined by his wife of 38 years, Cathy, who was a local attorney and one of the co-founders of the Children’s Museum in Easton. Please join us for breakfast.

October 23

Canton Public Library presents Ted Reinstein

Ted Reinstein, author and journalist from WCVB TV’s Chronicle, will visit the Canton Public Library to discuss and answer questions about his new book, New England’s General Stores: Exploring an American Classic. The book will be available for purchase and autographing following the event. The program starts at 7 p.m. in the Community Room and is free and open to the public.

October 24

CAPE Open Meeting

The Canton Alliance for Public Education (CAPE) will hold an open meeting from 7:15 to 9 p.m. in the Aldrich Meeting Room at the Canton Public Library. All are welcome! Come learn about how this nonprofit organization has been supporting the Canton Public Schools for over two decades. Also come learn about how you can get involved with CAPE’s annual town-wide spelling bee held in late March and the Honor Thy Teacher program in the spring. For more info, contact katyTclark@gmail.com.

October 26

Canton Library Book Club

Friends with Books will discuss The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin at 10:30 a.m. at the Canton Public Library. New members are welcome.

October 28

Free Concert at FPUU

In celebration of its 300th anniversary, First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Canton will present a free concert featuring musician Andrew Smith from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. A recent Berklee College of Music graduate, Smith has a romantic, jazzy charm and a refreshing sound that is enjoyed by all generations. Please join us!

October 28 & 29

Canton Historical Society Open House

In celebration of the 300th anniversary of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, the Canton Historical Society, located at 1400 Washington Street, will be open to the public on Saturday, October 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, October 29, from 12-5 p.m. Several First Parish historical artifacts will be on display, including the transcript of the 1776 sermon of Parson Samuel Dunbar, a glass Communion pitcher, and many other rare historical treasures all covering 300 years of the church’s existence. Come help us celebrate this tricentennial of a congregation that has been a significant player in our town’s history and a beacon of tolerance, love and charity. Refreshments will be served.

October 29

Town-Wide Girl Scout Halloween Party

Canton Girl Scout Troop 73408 will hold its annual town-wide Halloween party from 4-6 p.m. in the St. John’s Parish Center, 696 Washington Street. Admission is $5 per child and free for adult chaperones. Wear your costume, get a patch, play some games, do some fun activities, enter contests, and dance your socks off with DJ Danny Sweetland! Bring a toiletry item or canned good to support the Canton Food Pantry. For more info, email amercadante@yahoo.com.

November 25

CHS Class of 1977 Reunion

The Canton High School Class of 1977 will hold its 40th reunion at 8 p.m. at the American Legion Post #24, 950 Washington Street in Canton. Tickets are $25 per person. Please RSVP by November 18 by text to Lori Arsenault at 339-237-7381 and mail payment to Marie Monahan, 8 Cedar Dr., Canton. We are looking for classmates near and far so spread the word!

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